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This month we have lots of prizes kindly donated by Focusrite. There's a chrome Ultranova, a Novation Mininova and a copy of their V-Station plug-in for the 10 lucky runners-up.
For this month's comptition, Tascam have kindly donated one of their latest 24-track digital recorders.
For their 65th anniversary, AKG have released this new take on their classic D12. We put it up alongside the original to find out if it’s worthy of the name...
Audio to accompany the review article.
Making Music On The Move
This month's roundup of iOS goodies include: Focusrite iTrack Solo, WaveMachine Labs Auria and iDrum Tune.
Analogue Mixing Console
Audient’s modern classic is now available in a smaller format — but there’s nothing cut-down about the sound!
This “portable production system” certainly looks the part, but does its performance measure up to its dramatic styling?
Digitally Controlled Analogue EQ
What could be better than a Bettermaker? A Bettermaker made better, of course...
40 loop-based construction kits
Mainstream PC builders Chillblast have made an impressive debut in the music computer market.
Digital Combo, Tonewheel & Pipe Organ
The Nord C2D expands on the success of its predecessor with an improved Hammond emulation and the addition, for the first time, of real drawbars.
Guitar effects pedals
Valve-centric hand-wired effects.
Floor-pedal format valve amplifier.
Many people place their monitors on a desktop, but they’re not usually designed to be used in this way — until now...
Transient-shaping Processor & EQ
Nvelope 500 can be used either as a full-band or a two-band processor.
Eve are a very new name in studio monitoring but, as this active nearfield model proves, they’ve got a wealth of experience behind them...
16-channel A-D/D-A Converter
The A16 Ultra MkII can add 16 channels of line-level I/O to any audio interface that features MADI or dual-ADAT ports — all in the space of a 1U box and for a bargain price!
Headphone Amp & D-A Converter
With the M902 already lauded as one of the best high-end headphone amps, what could Grace do to make it better?
Variable height speaker stands.
Dynamics & Tube Emulation Plug-ins For Mac & PC
The virtual vintage front panels of LSR Audio’s plug-ins conceal processors with plenty of personality.
Digital Mixer With iPad Control
Can you really mix a live show without any physical controls? If you have a DL1608 and an Apple iPad, it seems you can...
V-Metal ultra-detailed, sampled virtual electric guitar instrument.
Active PA Speaker
The market for compact, active PA speakers is a crowded one, but RCF think there’s room for one more...
Sampling Percussion Pad
Roland’s popular SPDS sampling drum pad gains an ‘X’, and a whole lot more besides, in the SPDSX.
Virtual Orchestral Instruments
A European company’s solo instruments blur the boundaries between virtual and real.
Spectral Editing Software For Mac & PC
With some innovative concepts borrowed from photo-manipulation software, Sony aim to make spectral editing creative as well as useful.
Multi-channel Audio Interfaces
Check out the SOS roundup of 12 of the current interfaces on the market with links to the SOS review where available.
Expansion packs for Superior Drummer 2.3
People + Opinion
Editor In Chief, Paul White questions vintage gear plug-ins.
Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers
Jeff Bhasker doesn’t usually mix his own productions or work with indie-rock bands. With Fun, he did both — and created a worldwide hit.
Adam Young & Robert Orton: Producing & Mixing The Midsummer Station
Making music used to be a solitary, nocturnal pursuit for Adam Young, aka Owl City. Now, it’s his day job — and there are co-workers involved.
Readers' Music Reviewed
Milk-Plus, Animation, The Badje, Caution Horses, Damien Calcagne, Jack Jeffery, Black Storm, Matteo Bosi.
Guy Sigsworth, Chris Elms & Joe Chiccarelli: Recording & Re-recording Alanis Morissette
We’re used to hearing rock albums reworked by electronic producers — but Alanis Morissette chose to do things the other way around...
Producer / Orchestrator Onno Krijn asks the question.
Need more space? Lose the cymbals!
With the advent of Lion and Mountain Lion, the way we save and manage documents is changing. But what does this mean for studio musicians?
Samplitude Pro X
If your drumming needs a little help from technology, Samplitude Pro X has the tools to fix timing.
Samplitude Pro X Video tutorial to accompany the article.
Reason Tips & Techniques
We serve up another smorgasbord of Reason Rack Extensions.
Logic Tips & Techniques
Often overlooked, Apple Loops can be a hugely useful composition tool. So why not make your own in Logic?
Ableton Tips & Techniques
NI’s Maschine makes a perfect partner for Ableton Live.
SOS reader James May gets a helping hand.
Don’t be scared to trash something you’ve already recorded if it helps you to achieve a better end result...
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Presonus Studio One: Tips & Techniques
Get to grips with parallel processing in Studio One, and open up exciting sonic possibilities...
Studio One audio examples to accompany the article.
Do Expensive Mic Preamps Really Make A Difference?
Audio Examples to accompany the article.
Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?
There’s a lot of hype about mic preamps, but there has never been a reliable way to compare them — until we got hold of the world’s cleverest piano...
Dunning Kruger: Rock Band Location Recording
In this new column, engineers share their experiences of real-world recording sessions, explaining the decisions they made, and what went right and wrong along the way. First up, we record an indie-rock band on location...
Download the audio to accompany the article. Dunning Kruger: Rock Band Location Recording
Cubase Tips & Techniques
Find out how to build a natural-sounding acoustic drum kit in Cubase’s Groove Agent One.
Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Avid’s Complete Production Toolkit effectively bridges the gap between HDX and native Pro Tools systems. We look at what you get for your money.
Sonar Tips & Techniques
Create looper effects with longer delay times in Sonar.
Commercial Productions Analysed
We examine the production of some recent releases from Paul McCartney, The Maccabees and Fun.
Windows 8’s new GUI may take some getting used to, but the features it brings should make the effort worthwhile.
Mixing The 54th Grammy Awards Ceremony
With 44 million TV viewers and a 10,000-strong live audience, the Grammys are one show that you really don’t want to screw up...
TV Music From The Inside
When TV composers talk about archiving, they usually mean backing up their hard drives.
Music & Recording Industry News
Live music is more important to the industry than ever before, but there’s no reason for traditional recording studios to feel left out by this trend...
Inside The World's Pro Studios
In 2006, Bill Putnam's famous United Western studio complex on West Sunset Boulevard was re-opened as the EastWest Studios retaining much of it's original acoustic design.